Carnitas. Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Pork for whatever you want. This is a simple, flexible and delicious recipe that you should really enjoy! The best part is this is a slow cooked recipe. You can do it in your slow cooker or Dutch oven on low heat.
- Pork tenderloin, whatever fits in your pot (about 2-3lbs)
- Beer to cover at least 1/2 way (1-2 12 oz bottles. I used Corona)
- 1 orange, cut into 1/8th, or chunks, skin on
- 1 yellow onion, cut into 1/8th
- Garlic, as much as you like, rough chopped. 6-8 cloves works well
- 1TBLS whole peppercorns
If you are doing this in the dutch oven, start with a hot pan and about 2 TBLS of olive oil. Get the pork into the oil and sear it on all sides. Figure about 3-5 minutes per side. If you are using a crock pot, I still recommend getting some color on the meat anyway you can. Besides getting color on the meat, it also adds to the flavor of the cooking liquid.
Turn off the heat and add everything to the pot. Give your orange piece a good squeeze as you add them. Be careful, when you add the beer, there will be steam and it will be very hot! Lid it up and put the whole thing into your oven pre-heated to 200 degrees (same temp on the crock pot). Let this go for at least 4 hours, 5 hours would be better.
Remove it from the pot and move it to a tray or cooling rack prior to shredding. Be sure to save some of the cooking liquid to add back once you have shredded the meat. You don’t need much, maybe a 1/4 cup. Save a little more to add to any leftover you have before stashing it into the fridge.
Great for tacos (see above). You could give this a quick fry to that carnitas flavor and consistency. Mix it with your favorite BBQ Sauce and coleslaw for epic pulled pork.
This is one of the easiest recipes I have with some of the best results! Easy, flexible and, if you can find pork tenderloin on sale, cheap! Enjoy!